Deep Creek Lake is the largest man-made reservoir in the state of Maryland. It was created in 1923 when the Pennsylvania Electric Company erected a dam on a branch of the Youghiogheny River to create hydroelectic power. In 2000, the state purchased the lake.
Nowadays, Deep Creek Lake is one of the most popular resort areas in Maryland. Thousands of people spend their summer vacations at the lake pursuing various outdoor activities. Wisp Mountain Resort, a 132-acre (53-hectare) ski resort also attracts visitors during the winter.
Although the mountainous, tree-covered area surrounding the lake is beautiful, I consider the lake and its surroundings to be a tourist trap simply because there are too many people. Almost all of the lakeshore is taken up with hotels and motels, condominium developments, and vacation and rental homes. There are hundreds of boats of all sizes and types on the water, creating congestion, choppy waves, and noise. The one main state highway that passes the lake suffers from traffic problems.
Despite my misgivings about the lake, many people obviously think this is a great place to spend a vacation. And the amenities available to them are almost endless. Visitors can choose to stay in a luxurious hotel, a rustic lodge, an elegant bed and breakfast, a simple motel, or a campground in one of the many campsites in the area, including at Deep Creek Lake State Park. There are also many condominiums and homes that can be rented for a few days or the whole season.
Diners have the option of eating in anything from a fancy and expensive restaurant to simpler and less expensive restaurants, coffee shops, fast food establishments, or ice cream stands.
Outdoor activities available to visitors include boating, waterskiing, jetskiing, swimming, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, golf, skiing in the winter, and shopping.
Not a tourist trap at all, but rather something interesting to see; the Paw Paw tunnel is a portion of the C&O Canal that travels over 5,000 feet through a mountain cut.
You can walk through along the towpath. It gets very dark in the center, we 'felt' our way through the darkest portion. It was fun ;-)
Deep Creek Lake
It's a lake. There's houses around it. It's really boring. Don't waste your time.
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